NY Times Reviews 2017 MINI Clubman: Go-Kart Handling in a Distinctive Compact Crossover

September 8th, 2016 by

The MINI Clubman is the British automaker’s compact crossover. Tested by auto critic Tom Voelk for a review in The New York Times, his Clubman had quilted leather Chesterfield seating, a double-paned glass roof and Harmon Kardon sound, along with a “‘not quite but sort of retro’ bulldog charm” based on its squat but powerful exterior stance. Click “play” in the video clip below to watch his full report.

The 2017 MINI Clubman rides on the same architecture as the X 1 crossover made by Mini’s parent, BMW, even though the two look nothing alike. The Clubman is front-drive, although all-wheel drive can be had by moving up to the Cooper S Clubman All 4 with a 189-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. The 1.5-liter 3-cylinder engine in Voelk’s Clubman is also turbocharged, with 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. With 0-60 times of 8.5 seconds, it’s smooth and pleasing, if not urgent in its business.

MINI claims go-kart handling. No argument here. Perfect for urban skirmishes, the Clubman is very maneuverable. The balance between comfort and sport is commendable. It’s quiet too, says Voelk. The EPA rates the 3-cylinder’s fuel efficiency at 25 miles per gallon in the city and 34 highway.

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